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04/06/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Good Friday

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they
crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other
on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not
what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

- Luke 23: 33-34 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We're revisiting this page from last year's interpretation of it - 04/22/11.

   The hymn on today's Holiday Edition was sequenced by our own   Al Simms ('60) of VA, and appears elsewhere on the site here:

   Thanks again, Al!

BONUS #1 - - At Calvary

BONUS #2 - - At Calvary - Lynda Randle and Jessy Dixon


From Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and death, which is told in the Christian bible. It is the day after Maundy Thursday.


    From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 10/04/11 - "Breakfast Bunch Brunch":

Our next Brunch... is the first Saturday in April 7, 2012, at 11am at the same place, Warwick Restaurant.

After the April BRUNCH, we plan to meet quarterly the first Saturday of July and October as long as the interest holds up.

   Thanks, Bill! We've just realized to our great sadness that there is no way we can be there - and we had soooo been looking forward to it!

   But, HEY, y'all! Ya gotta eat that day anyway, right?? It's an OPEN reunion, and just see how much fun:

"Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose."

   Make your reservations now:

Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716


   Happy Birthday today to   Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Marc Snyder ('65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

09 -   Denise Roane (Hampton HS - '71) of VA;

10 -      Dale Parsons, Sr. (June '48) of VA AND    Skip Wood ('65) of NC;

11 -     Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA AND   Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA AND    Kathy Cooper ('70) of VA;

12 -   Harvey Weinstein ('57) AND    Richard Rawls (71) of VA;

13 -   Gil Hughes ('64);

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

April 06, 1941 - Nazi Germany launched Operation 25 (the invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia) and Operation Marita (the invasion of Greece).

April 06, 1945 - Sarajevo was liberated from German and Croatian forces by the Yugoslav Partisans.

April 06, 1945 - The Battle of Slater's Knoll on Bougainville came to an end.

Friday, April 06, 1962 - Leonard Bernstein caused controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glenn Gould performing Brahms' First Piano Concerto.

Friday, April 06, 1962 - Artist Iris Häussler was born in Germany.

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/15/12 - "Loved the   bluebonnets":

Last year when my hubby and I visited TX my cousin took us out to a field of bluebonnets near Montgomery, TX and we got some neat photos. You are not allowed to pick them.
  This year we will be there too late but hopefully something will be in bloom. (besides tornadoes!) This is me with my Aunt Catherine and my cousin Nancy.

Happy Easter, Carol

   Hey, Lady - so good to hear from you!

   I thought nothing represented "Beautiful Texas" so easily as bluebonnets, so I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Saturday, April 02, 2011
Near Montgomery, TX

   I do not believe we were in the right part of Texas to see bluebonnets; I doubt the Chihuahuan Desert lends itself much to their growth and development - but we did see some gorgeous wild yellow poppies.

   I hope you enjoy your trip to Texas this year as well!

   Thanks for sharing your images with us, Jean - and Happy Easter to you as well!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 04/05/12 - "HELLO FRIEND":

I think this is the greatest and truest description I've ever heard for a Friend.....
Friends.......They love you, 
But they're not your lover. 
They care for you,
But they're not from your family. 
They're ready to share your pain,
But they're not your blood relation. 
They are........FRIENDS!
A TRUE friend......
Scolds like a DAD..
Cares like a MOM..
Teases like a SISTER..
Irritates like a BROTHER..
And finally loves you for YOU..... 
The nicest place 2 be is in someone's THOUGHTS! 
The safest place 2 be is in someone's PRAYERS! 
And the best place 2 be is in........... 

   Thanks, Dools - this is very nice - and that photograph is irresistibly adorable!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/22/11, 6:03 AM - "Jerusalem Dispatches — Part IV":

Jerusalem Dispatches — Part IV

Posted: 04 Apr 2012 09:00 PM PDT



Special to The Covert Letter

JERUSALEM (April  21) – Avant garde Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth is almost certain now to be facing the death penalty after claiming to be “The Christ,” according to legal analysts in this Judean capital city.

Caiaphas (left) listens as priests and officers shout out their belief that Jesus must suffer the death penalty. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Jesus’ admission came during hearings held today by the powerful Sanhedrin. It has jurisdiction over the Jewish population, which has been wildly receptive of Jesus’ evangelistic crusade.

High Priest Joseph Caiaphas withheld comment on the unofficial guilty verdict shouted at the proceeding and was mum about public accusations that Jesus suffered vicious beatings at the hands of his captors.

The spokesman for Gov. Pontius Pilot referred reporters to the Temple.

The non-binding acclamation seeking the death penalty overshadowed the obvious abuse endured by the prisoner at the hands of his Hebrew brethren.

Jesus had little reaction to the shouted cries of those calling for his death, some of whom slapped him and spit on him. He was mostly uncooperative, listening with obvious interest to the witnesses, some of whom admitted privately that they were recruited off the street.

Jesus being spat upon and accused of heresy by Sanhedrin witnesses. (Blackhawk Lantern Slides)

His blindfold removed, the Bethlehem-born Jesus displayed visible wounds while seated on the ground at the makeshift, outdoor interrogation site on Temple Mount.

He broke his silence after sitting stoically through much of the intense interrogation procedure. Jesus managed to confound a high priest, who loomed over him and pointed aggressively, shouting, “Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed One?”

“I am!” Jesus nodded, looking intently at the interrogator. “You shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

“There is your blasphemy,” the high priest shouted, trying to be heard over the noise of the audience jammed in the court yard. Shredding his tunic, he proclaimed, “We don’t need any more witnesses!”

Officers refused to characterize the ordeal as a trial or interrogation. Instead they said it was a fact-finding investigation. It began a few hours after Jesus’ arrest late last night in the Garden of Gethsemane. A  fire was built to warm the long line of potential witnesses, who were greeted by a rooster heralding the sunrise.

Only one of Jesus’ 12 closest companions was seen in the vicinity. However, Simon Peter was heard denying to three persons that he was affiliated with Jesus. He reportedly is Jesus’ closest confidant. He was seen mingling with the crowd as Jesus was brought to the courtyard and stayed to monitor the events. He did not testify.

Reporters still sought to interview Judas Iscariot, who identified Jesus for the officers bearing the indictment last night. He has not been seen since then.

Caiaphas took his prominent seat, but did not interfere as the line of witnesses was grilled by officers and priests. They seemed frustrated by the lack of credible evidence against Jesus. Testimony was inconsistent and at times contradictory during the marathon event.

Archive image of Jesus at time of his bar mitzvah already preaching in the Temple in Jerusalem. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

“I will destroy this temple made with hands,” Jesus said, according two witnesses in their sworn testimony.  “And in three days I will build another made without hands.”

Following the testimony, a priest rose and walked toward Jesus, standing over him and shouting, “Don’t you have anything to rebut what these men have testified against you?”

Jesus remained silent, but his follow-on claim to be “The Christ,” may be the prima facie evidence needed to send a “true bill,” as it were, to Governor Pilot for prosecution. The Sanhedrin will have to convince the Roman government to accept the case, which appears to be primarily a question of temple discipline.

Legal analysts agreed that Jesus is facing the death penalty for the real and imagined charges. The Sanhedrin is believed to have sent an emissary to Governor Pilot asking that he accept the case as part of his Friday docket that includes several accused thieves.

Jesus, who reportedly has not eaten since the Passover Seder last night, was taken inside by guards. The panel of high priests and officers went to their chambers, but the crowd stayed, preserving their seats.

A spokesman said any further official statements would come only after formal disposition of Jesus’ case is determined.

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Contact Norman Covert at

   Thank you so much, Norm!

BONUS RECIPES: - Classic Macaroni and Cheese - "Classic macaroni and cheese has never tasted so good. If you're looking for an old fashioned macaroni and cheese recipe - look no further. This is a great option for a weeknight dinner." - Crunchy Cookie Cupcakes - "No cupcake recipe is complete without cookies in it! Make these crunchy little cakes for parties or birthdays! This is one of the best cupcake recipes around because it is a fun idea!"

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#14 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey!


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/27/12 - "HANDY IDEAS (#4 in a Series of 13)":

  COOL BEANS! Thanks, Ruthie!


From - 03/30/12:

Fun Things To Do In An Elevator:

1. Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside ask: "Got enough air in there?"

2. Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering: "Shut up, all of you, just shut UP!"

3. Whistle the first seven notes of "It's a Small World" incessantly.

4. Sell Girl Scout cookies.

5. On a long ride, sway side to side at the natural frequency of the elevator.

6. Greet everyone getting on the elevator with a warm handshake and ask them to call you Admiral.

7. When at least 8 people have boarded, moan from the back: "Oh, not now, motion sickness!"

8. Meow occasionally.

9. Wear a puppet on your hand and talk to other passengers "through" it.

10. Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers that this is your "personal space."


1. Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

2. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Thursday, May 3, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 4, 5, and 6, 2012 - Class of 1961 Reunion (Postponed from last August due to Hurricane Irene); Saturday, May 5, 2012: Mike O'Neal's Restaurant (, 11006 Warwick Boulevard, Unit 458, Located in the Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, Newport News, VA 23601 (across from the Cedar Lane entrance to Mariners' Museum), (757) 599-5500, about 12:30 for lunch (Dutch treat) - "Any and all ex-Typhoons or old friends are invited."

5. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                          Love to all, Carol





At Calvary

Words by William R. Newell, 1895
(22 May 1868 - 01 Apr 1956)

Music by Daniel B. Towner
(05 Apr 1850 - 03 Oct 1919)

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary...

Mercy there was great and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary

By God's Word at last my sin I learned,
Then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned,
To Calvary...

Now I've giv'n to Jesus ev'rything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing,
Of Calvary...

O the love that drew salvation's plan!
O the grace that brought it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that god did span
At Calvary...

"At Calvary" midi courtesy of Al Simms ('60) of VA, who sequenced it himself - 01/10/04
WOW!  Thanks, Al!

"At Calvary" lyrics courtesy of - 01/11/04

"Good Friday" Image courtesy of - 04/09/09

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Rope of Thorns clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment.....

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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